Thursday, 26 April 2012

Exminster marshes

A bit quieter today. Also Station Road is partially flooded. Lots of swifts, I counted well over 100 and saw one flock of 23. Whimbrel numbers were well down, about 330 in 3 discreet flocks. However  by 10.30 most of these had moved north or east due to repeated attacks from at least one female peregrine. A flock of 48 bar-tailed godwits reacted in the same way. There was also one greenshank and one common sandpiper.

Sedge and reed warblers were singing well and a lesser whitethroat sang briefly along the railway path. (Note- this path is flooded and impassable near Turf).